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Coverage of forest ecosystems since May 6, 2021.

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Op/Ed: Controlling the uncontrollable — The climate crisis is forcing us to let fires burn that we wish we could put out

"...Intense fires like the Cultus Creek fire also negatively impact the forest ecosystems we are trying to conserve for everyone. Uncontrolled wildfires burn too hot, scorching the soil and stripping the topsoil down to bare rock. This makes it difficult for plants and trees to regenerate naturally..."

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Okanagan fires unattended as crews have ‘bigger fish to fry'

"...“Not all fires are bad,” B. C. Wildfire Service fire information assistant Taylor Shantz said..."

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How climate change and fires are shaping the forests of the future

"...Forest fires are already a global threat. "But considering how climate change is progressing, we are probably only at the beginning of a future that will see more and bigger forest fires," explains Rupert Seidl, Professor of Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes at TUM..."

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Look out for Garlic mustard in the Okanagan: B.C. Invasive Species Council

"...Garlic mustard is considered one of the worst invasive plants in Canada. It threatens forest ecosystems by disrupting the natural plant community. Garlic mustard outgrows native plants including species at risk, which reduces natural food sources and availability of homes for wildlife..."

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B.C. creates technical panel to steer old-growth management

"...With a directive of using the best science available, the five-member panel is expected to advise the province on the management of old-growth forests, identify old-growth ecosystems and prioritize areas for deferral from logging..."

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LETTER: Maple Ridge resident urges people to value trees for more than money

"...To pretend these are not dilemmas facing government leaders today is to deny the overwhelming body of science that has been telling (and showing) us the catastrophic results of our century-long ever-increasing crudely executed/heavy-handed ‘harvesting' of nature's once-rich, now-reaped bounty — of which intact rainforest ecosystems are the ‘lungs' thereof..."

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Biodiversity 'hotspots' imperiled along California's streams

"...By analyzing five years of vegetation greenness data from satellite imagery, the researchers found that in some cases, these ecosystems were affected by "subsidies of water" delivered via human regulation of rivers, agricultural canals and discharges from wastewater treatment plants. That discovery, Rohde said, was a "mind bender. " Altered streamside woodlands in the most arid regions of the state stayed greener longer into the dry season and were less responsive to changes in groundwater levels than natural ecosystems..."

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Seniors on their way to Fairy Creek says they're willing to be arrested

"...Jackie Larkin, 76, said in a statement issued by the group’s organizers that the provincial government has “lied” about its willingness to protect old-growth forests. “It’s my responsibility to stand with the ancient trees and against the forestry companies and chainsaws that destroy precious ecosystems,” she said..."

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Old-growth forest experts release map urging B.C. to act quickly on logging deferrals

"...B. C. has pledged to implement the old-growth panel report, which urged the government to act within six months to defer harvesting in old forest ecosystems at the highest risk of permanent biodiversity loss..."

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In search of drought-tolerant holm oaks

"...This is a multifactorial syndrome that causes the decay and death of holm oaks, consisting of a combination of stress due to drought, high temperatures, and attacks by soil pathogens (mainly Phytophthora cinnamomi), a situation that will tend to worsen in a scenario of climate change. However, not all holm oaks are equally affected. Some exhibit greater resistance and tolerance to these stresses, and are called "elite" specimens, thus being the most interesting to study..."

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Forestry Watchdog finds BC Timber Sales failing to protect old-growth, biodiversity in Nahmint Valley

"...Forest Practices Board investigation into Ancient Forest Alliance complaint reveals non-compliance by BC government logging agency in Nahmint Valley, putting ecosystems at risk, and systemic flaws in BC’s forestry legislation..."

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Premium Colombian Carbon Credits Hakai Magazine

"...A mangrove conservation project on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is today being granted a large batch of carbon credits for its work, the sale of which will help ongoing efforts to prevent deforestation of this valuable ecosystem. The project is the first to make use of a new mechanism for earning so-called blue carbon credits, paving the way for others to make money from coastal conservation projects..."

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Determining Effective Measurements of Soil Health

"...Norris has also investigated indicators of soil quality in reclaimed forest ecosystems..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Exploring Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest Diversity | California Academy of Sciences

"...Fueled by sunlight and rain, rainforests are some of the most diverse energy-rich ecosystems on the planet..."

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Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

"...Robert Paine’s starfish exclusion experiments on the coast of Washington state showed that removing starfish from this marine ecosystem has a big impact on the population sizes of other species, establishing the starfish as a keystone species..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about forest ecosystems relevant to the latest news.

Diversifying Chile’s climate action away from industrial plantations

"...Diversification, however, must guarantee Chile's long-term carbon sequestration capacity without compromising the ecological functionality of biodiverse tree-less habitats and native forest ecosystems..."

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Assessing the Risk of Losing Forest Ecosystem Services Due to Wildfires

"...Disturbances such as wildfires are an integral part of forest ecosystems, but climate change is increasing their extent, frequency, intensity and severity, compromising forest ecosystem services (ES) that are fundamental to human well-being..."

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community assembly in agroforestry systems from the Southern Brazil

"..., Araucaria angustifolia, Ilex paraguariensis, and Mimosa scabrella) in a 5-year agroforestry system to overcome the soil disturbance due to invasion by Pine trees on AMF community composition in the Southern Brazil to natural restoration (unassisted forest ecosystem)..."

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Boreal forests will be more severely affected by projected anthropogenic climate forcing than mixedwood and northern hardwood f

"...Context Increased anthropogenic climate forcing is projected to have tremendous impacts on global forest ecosystems, with northern biomes being more at risk..."

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Assessing the synergistic value of ecosystem services in European beech forests

"...Here, we address this issue and compute the value of multiple ecosystem services (wood production, carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation) linked to European beech forests, considering local economic conditions..."

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The influence of human values on attitudes and behaviours towards forest conservation

"...Anthropocentric and relational value orientations emerged as most dominant, with both positive and negative influences on a number of forest conservation attitudes and behaviours, albeit with more evidence for positive influence..."

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Historical and future carbon stocks in forests of northern Ontario, Canada

"...The specific objective was to simulate historical C stocks for 1901?2014 and future C stocks for 2015?2100 for five shared socioeconomic pathway (SSP) scenarios selected as high priority scenarios for the 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change..."

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Effects of root dominate over aboveground litter on soil microbial biomass in global forest ecosystems

"...Conclusions These data provide a global evidence that root litter inputs exert a larger control on microbial biomass than aboveground litter inputs in forest ecosystems..."

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Modeling wildfire drivers in Chinese tropical forest ecosystems using global logistic regression and geographically weighted lo

"...The tropics is an area with high incidence of wildfire all over the world in recent years, and the forest ecosystem in the tropics is extremely fragile..."

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Mapping forest fire susceptibility using spatially explicit ensemble models based on the locally weighted learning algorithm

"...Although these four ensemble models were originally developed for the estimation of forest fire susceptibility, the models are sufficiently general to be used for predicting other types of natural hazards, such as landslides, floods, and dust storms, by considering local geo-environmental factors..."

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Changes in plant debris and carbon stocks across a subalpine forest successional series

"...Conclusions The stock and role of woody debris, particularly coarse woody debris, varied greatly with the forest successional stage and dominated the carbon cycle in the subalpine forest ecosystem..."

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